Pair of candelabras “Tree”, Franz Hagenauer, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, around 1930, mod. No. 2176, marked
marked with “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “wHw” in the circle and “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”; Bib.: Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), „Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism“, exhibition catalogue, Vienna, 2011, p. 64; contemporary photograph in the Hagenauer Archive at Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, inv. no. HAF 210 and HAF 191
Franz and Karl Hagenauer won the gold medal at the 1930 Milan Triennale for their design of a candelabrum named “Baum” (transl. tree).
The design of the carefully welded brass tube with four arms and loosely resting candle holders on a round plinth was virtually trend-setting for its time. This early design piece was to become one of Hagenauer’s most successful models; the candelabrum was available in brass and nickel-plated brass. The reduced form language and the architectural design attracted a lot of media attention in 1930 and is still a sought-after design classic today.
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